Gary Newton, Ph.D.

Department of Christian Ministries
Professor of Discipleship Ministries


Courses: Foundations of Discipleship; Teaching and Learning Theory; Family Ministry; Children and Family Ministry; Faith Development of Children; Mentoring; Small Group Ministry; Introduction to Camping; Philosophy of Ministry; Curriculum Design for Discipleship; Spiritual and Leadership Development; Internship

Education: B.A., Houghton College; M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Students completing courses with Dr. Newton are equipped to serve as pastors, leaders, teachers and staff in churches and para-church ministries - or advance to seminary or graduate school. He brings a high level of academic rigor to the coursework as he integrates biblical, philosophical, educational, and social science research, and he deeply enjoys the close social community of students and faculty. Dr. Newton states that, “Crown College is a conservative evangelical college that prepares students for a life of service to the King in various contexts.”

Dr. Newton has had a lifetime of teaching and ministry experiences, even before joining the Crown faculty. He has held several full-time teaching positions at Taylor University, Denver Seminary and Huntington University and numerous part-time pastoral positions in youth and adult ministry.

Life verse:
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
- Philippians 3:12-14

Recently published works:

Heart-Deep Teaching: Engaging Students for Transformed Lives, Broadman and Holman Pub.: Nashville, TN, 2012.

“Family Matters, Building Disciples Through Family-based Children’s and Youth Ministry,” in Bridge, Summer 2010.

“Drop-Off Kids, Love’Em or Lose ‘Em,” in Children’s Ministry, July/August, 2005.

“Ministering to Unchurched, Urban, At-Risk Children,” in Children’s Spirituality, Edited by Don Radcliff. Wipf and Stock Publishers:Eugene, OR, 2004.

“Ministering to Unchurched, Urban, At-Risk Children,” in Lutheran Education Journal, Spring, 2004.

Growing Toward Spiritual Maturity, Crossway Books: Wheaton, IL, 2004.